Florida faced the prospect of recounts in the razor-thin races for governor and U.S. Senate, potentially prolonging the battle over two of this year's most-closely watched campaigns.
The percentage difference of 0.42 percentage points falls within a margin allowing a recount of ballots.
An automatic recount also appeared certain in a high-profile state Senate race in Hillsborough County.
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Richard, a Tallahassee lawyer, had represented George W. Bush during Florida's 2000 presidential recount, which spanned 36 days and resulted in Bush capturing Florida and with it, the White House, by 537 votes out of nearly 6 million cast. "A significant number of ballots have not yet been counted and, because of the size of Florida, we believe the results of the election are unknown and require a recount".
The tide turned Thursday when Caldwell was down by more than 500 votes and Fried had pulled ahead, according to the Florida Division of Elections' unofficial election night results.
Scott declared victory late Tuesday and Nelson's campaign expressed disappointment with the results as returns showed the governor holding a more substantial edge.
Thousands of provisional ballots cast by voters without identification - or who showed up at the wrong polling location - still need to be counted.
In the governor's race, Democrat Andrew Gillum's campaign said Thursday it's prepared for a possible recount. "Nelson is going to be declared the victor and return to the U.S. Senate", Elias said Thursday.
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By contrast, 690,153 ballots have been tabulated so far in the Florida governor race.
"Every Floridian should be concerned there is rampant fraud in Broward and Palm Beach Counties", Scott said.
It appears Florida's senate contest as well as the gubernatorial race between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum may be headed to a recount with DeSantis's victory margin slipping below half a percent as votes from Democratic-leaning Broward and Palm Beach counties continue to flow in. It it is important to Gillum, these sources said, that his supporters know they are fighting for every vote. "As supervisors across our state work tirelessly to do just that, our support has grown and we are now leading by just under 600 votes - Florida supervisors and canvassing boards are doing an incredible job of ensuring everyone's voices are heard and the process is fair and transparent".
Scott and Nelson, meanwhile, have hired lawyers and have demanded information on those who cast provisional ballots on Tuesday.
Throughout the state, overseas and military voters - a very small pool - still had a few days for their ballots to arrive by mail and be counted. Under Florida law, a 0.5-point vote margin prompts a machine recount. Rubio said Snipes' failure to count all ballots in a more timely manner violates state law.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has said they are not investigating, that no allegations of fraud have been brought forward and there has been no written request from Scott yet.
Election officials in other Florida counties may have disclosed the identities of which voters cast provisional ballots, however.
CNN is reporting that absentee ballots postmarked on November 6 - Election Day - may take another day or two to arrive, so the total could change. Analysts later said the new redesign may have confused voters and probably cost Gore votes. "The ones that are accepted will all be opened and we'll tabulate those tonight to add to the count".